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Clean chit to Aryan

Mumbai Aryan Khan, son of well-known film actor Shahrukh Khan, has got a clean chit in the drugs case. In a sensational development last year, the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) arrested Aryan Khan and some others after raiding Cordelia Cruises in Mumbai. In this case, Aryan Khan was said to be the biggest accused, drug users and even drug dealer but after eight months NCB himself has presented the charge sheet in NDPS court, giving clean chit to Aryan Khan.

Significantly, Aryan Khan was arrested on October 2. Even then, questions were raised about the manner of this arrest and the five witnesses produced at the time of arrest and it was also described as a recovery action. However, in this case, Aryan had to stay in jail for 26 days. Now Aryan has been given a clean chit in the first chargesheet presented after the NCB investigation.

Questions are being raised on the credibility of NCB regarding the investigation of this case. That’s when NCB Director General SN Pradhan said on Friday that the investigation has not been completed yet, if evidence is found, a supplementary charge sheet will be filed. Pradhan admitted that the NCB first team had committed several lapses during the investigation in this case. NCB chief Pradhan said- If the first investigation team was not at fault then why would the SIT take over the investigation? There were some shortcomings, only then the SIT took the case. To remove these shortcomings or at least further action was taken keeping this in mind.

However, the charge sheet filed by the NCB states that the Narcotics Control Bureau’s SIT has not found any evidence that Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan was part of an international drug smuggling syndicate. NCB DDG Sanjay Kumar Singh said that except Aryan and Mohak, all the accused were found in an inebriated condition. Now a case is being registered against 14 people under various sections of the NDPS Act. Complaint is not being registered against the remaining six people due to lack of evidence.

Giving information about the Aryan case, Sanjay Singh said that Arbaaz Merchant, who was arrested on the cruise, had said in his statement that the drugs recovered from him were not for Aryan Khan. Arbaaz had also said in his statement that Aryan had refused to carry drugs on the cruise. Not only this, during the interrogation, none of the drug peddlers had told about supplying drugs to Aryan. On this basis Aryan was given a clean chit.

Sameer Wankhede in trouble

Former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, who arrested film actor Shahrukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan in the drugs case and did the initial investigation into the whole case, is in trouble again. Talking to the media after Aryan Khan got a clean chit in the drugs case, Director General of the agency SN Pradhan said that the first investigation team had made mistakes and it would be investigated. Informed sources say that the government has ordered an inquiry against Sameer Wankhede for shoddy investigation.

Former NCB officer Sameer Wankhede, who conducted the preliminary inquiry in Aryan case, may face action for poor investigation and filing of fake caste certificate. The case of fake caste certificate is already going on against him. The documents related to this were made public by NCP leader and state government minister Nawab Malik. Nawab Malik had alleged that Wankhede had used forged documents to get a government job.

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